Solving a long-pending case of abduction, the Andhra Pradesh police rescued a minor girl and arrested her kidnapper from Jammu and Kashmir.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that the 13-year-old was rescued 10km from the Indo-Pak border, after the Guntur police tracked accused Nageswara Rao's phone.
She was handed over to her parents on Thursday evening.
It was earlier reported by several media outlets that 45-year-old Rao, a former BSF constable turned auto rickshaw driver, allegedly kidnapped the girl from Bhattiprolu in Guntur district
Stating that Rao had been dismissed from the BSF, the DC report claimed that he had also tried to trap two other girls before this, but did not succeed in doing so.
According to reports, the girl had been staying in her grandparentâ€™s house as her mother was unwell, and the accused had been taking her to school.
On April 21, she boarded Rao's auto, but never reached school, following which the family lodged a complaint with the police.
â€śWe came to know that the accused had used his mobile phone to contact his friends in Ongole on the night of April 21 but after two days, he stopped using his phone. We have been visiting places including Visakhapatnam, Kadapa and Ongole but our search has not yielded any result,â€ť the girl's father had told The Hindu earlier.
The newspaper had also reported later that the only photo of the accused they had was more than a decade old, and this had made it hard for the investigators to track him down.
The DC report had also claimed that Rao had started working as a coolie near the Indo-Pak border, and was staying with the girl in a rented house.